CREATING A SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY CLOSET

May 4, 2020
Rachel Schultz

I LOVE OUR SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY SO MUCH. I’ve heard enough mom friends RAVE about having laundry near their bedrooms that I knew we had to add it to our renovations list. It completely transforms laundry life and makes it so that laundry is a part of housekeeping that isn’t even a big deal. I can put a load in anytime I am passing by and it is so effortless compared to venturing down to our basement set up. I’VE COME TO LIKE LAUNDRY EVEN.

Here’s a before (the day we moved in) and after of the little-linen-closet-that-could in our second floor landing. Yep, that door size is not changed! That was a big way to save on costs for the project. The trick with transforming our upstairs closet into laundry paradise was making sure there was enough room for ample storage AND that the units could fit in the closet without having to do anything like move walls or widen doors.

Previously I found stacked washer and dryers kind of mysterious, but the deeper I got into designing this project, the more it became clear (including from an instagram stories poll), there were A LOT of enthusiastic stacked set-up fans!

detergent dispenser | seascape print | persian rug (similar) | compact washer with steam | compact dryer with stainless steel basket | blue and white vases (similar)

So I considered both stacked and un-stacked, but in order to have a counter surface, I wanted to make un-stacked units work if possible and then we STRUCK GOLD by finding G.E.’s 24 inch front load washer and vented electric dryer. They are like, so strategically made that they are compact enough to fit in our just standard size closet. And they still can take a good size load.

Another thing I love and that completely addressed an annoying part of winter gear life is that it comes with a rack you can place in the dryer and place wet shoes on to dry them without them getting beat around the whole dryer.

The very first part of this process was when we diy installed wood flooring throughout the house. The removal of the brown carpet and green shag combination certainly did a lot. Then this room was just a beat up work stuff storage closet because it wasn’t nice enough to really store linens and we knew our long term plans were to make it this. Our bathroom and guest room had plenty of storage for those things.

On the other side of this back wall is the master bathroom. It was demo-ed out as we prepared for that renovation and changed some plumbing, so this was the time to do the laundry hook ups. We hired it out from our friend, a professional. In the paint progress photo you can see the hook ups needed for a laundry set up all freshly added.

The paint color is “studio green” by farrow and ball in eggshell. I color matched into behr brand paint.

Next David built the platform and trimmed it out. Every several inches the units are up a bit from the ground makes a noticeable difference. I wouldn’t mind even higher, but since we are having a counter I just did as high as we could without the counter feeling weirdly too high.

David installed a wooden countertop, the same concept using plywood as on our diy kitchen island.

And then lastly three shelves! Those are so nice to have.

In conclusion, we adore the laundry set up here. Not overstating when I say it makes laundry feel like not even a friction point in life anymore.

Of course also because all our hampers and the dirty clothes originate from upstairs! And I can fold clothes while we are watching a movie on the bed. It’s just good. Also still deciding if I want doors? They’d be nice but do I want to bother just for resale. While undecided I am going to go ahead and default with the free option! One more thing this project inspired me to throw away all my old laundry hampers and buy all matching clean simple white ones (at the dollar store) and it is a really positive feeling $6!

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I LOVE OUR SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY SO MUCH. I’ve heard enough mom friends RAVE about having laundry near their bedrooms that I knew we had to add it to our renovations list. It completely transforms laundry life and makes it so that laundry is a part of housekeeping that isn’t even a big deal. 

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LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS

May 1, 2020
Rachel Schultz

I like my lemon baked goods VERY LEMON-Y. I want the tart lemon-ness to be prominent. These should do it for you. The trickiest thing to me about muffins in making sure they get a nice good rise and dome shape. To me a mark of bland box mix ones can be that they stay flat on the top. This recipe faithfully delivers! They always rise up a bit, just as they should. And poppyseeds are just such a delight I love mixing them in. Heavy preference is generally given by me to a baking recipe that only needs one bowl.

This one does! I will do two if it dramatically makes a difference in the final product. But otherwise I just make everything go into the stand mixer bowl!

You could add an icing drizzle to these, but we like them without. We usually have muffins for breakfast more than dessert. But for a dessert I would totally add the drizzle. I like this one.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Makes 24 muffins

3 and 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup yogurt
1 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons poppyseeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer.

Divide batter evenly in greased or lined muffin tin.

Bake for 19 minutes.

LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 and ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer.
  3. Divide batter evenly in greased or lined muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 19 minutes.

Inspired by Cookie & Kate.

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I like my lemon baked goods VERY LEMON-Y. I want the tart lemon-ness to be prominent. These should do it for you. The trickiest thing to me about muffins in making sure they get a nice good rise and dome shape. To me a mark of bland box mix ones can be that they stay flat on the top.

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THINKING ABOUT THE SPRING OF 2020

April 27, 2020
Rachel Schultz

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture because I’m probably going to always be someone who engages with “the arts” AND I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “a follow,” “into it!,” “good at target,” and “I am not tech-y, but.” All of it is here!

into it!: I just got the cutest recipe card box and I am very happy about it. I think I have settled I’m more of a recipe card box person than a recipe binder person, but we will still see. The binder just feels so big! I used to look up favorite recipes and write them on a sticky note so many times I was like wait, this is the exact purpose and function of a recipe card box.

kitchen kitsch: are you a keep stuff on the kitchen counters or keep no stuff on the kitchen counters person. I am medium. If I had more counters and maybe a part with open shelves I’d keep my blender out permanently and this one is pretty enough to merit that much visibility.

i’m not tech-y but: we got a new sound speaker that is good looking and vintage feeling and timeless and great sound quality (not that i can actually tell) and i have CAPITAL “L” loved it. Using different tones of music at different times can give such shape to the day.

bookishI don’t normally put children’s books on my goodreads but I had to give Alligators and Music a five star because I loved it so much!

pretty utilitarian things: when you finally just purchase that thing (that really wasn’t that expensive) that improves the quality of a part of your life.

for the children: an a+ kids room.

just a little book recommend: the above recipe is a strawberry cake from the cookbook super simple – one of my favorites!

sourdough, i guess: after hearing this book recommended from several different sources as the one to get to learn sourdough (with minimal kneading), i purchased. maybe i’ll do sourdough. maybe i won’t right now. but i thought it’d be good to have at some point for me or my daughters. right now i feel satisfied with my life of baking with commercial yeast but i’ll hear her out.

a follow: the @arrowsandbow instagram account is sharing their home renovation right now and it feels productive and fast moving and i am living vicariously.

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This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture because I’m probably going to always be someone who engages with “the arts” AND I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons,

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